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Manziel and Joeckel win National Awards

By: ESPN.com news services/Associated Press
By: ESPN.com news services/Associated Press

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o added three national awards to his trophy case Thursday, including two for national player of the year.

Te'o won the Maxwell Award for the nation's most outstanding player, the Walter Camp national player of the year award, and the Bednarik Award, given to the most outstanding defensive player, on Thursday night.

The Walter Camp award, announced by the Walter Camp Football Foundation before the Home Depot College Football Awards show, is voted on by the 124 Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors.

Te'o beat out the other Walter Camp finalists, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, USC receiver Marqise Lee and Oregon running back Kenjon Barner.

The Fighting Irish senior is the third defensive player to win and fourth Notre Dame player to be selected.

Te'o also beat out Manziel and Klein for the Maxwell Award. The same three players are up for the Heisman Trophy, to be presented Saturday.

Te'o was presented with the Maxwell and Bednarik awards Thursday night at the awards show at Disney World. He is the first defensive player to win the Maxwell Award since 1980, ending a string of nine straight quarterbacks.

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For the Bednarik, he beat out finalists Jadeveon Clowney from South Carolina and Georgia's Jarvis Jones.

The leader of the nation's top-ranked scoring defense, Te'o had 103 tackles and seven interceptions this season. He is the first linebacker to win the Bednarik since 2008.

Te'o's awards are the fourth, fifth and sixth national awards he has received since the end of the regular season. He already has won the Butkus Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Lombardi Award.

Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award

Manziel became the first freshman to win the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.

Manziel, who beat out fellow finalists Klein and Braxton Miller from Ohio State, led the Aggies to a 10-2 record and a AT&T Cotton Bowl berth.

Manziel passed for 3,419 yards and 24 touchdowns and posted a Southeastern Conference-record 4,600 yards of total offense on his way to his unanimous selection for Associated Press SEC offensive player of the year.

Doak Walker Award

Wisconsin's Montee Ball won the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's outstanding running back.

The senior beat out fellow finalists Barner from Oregon and UCLA's Johnathan Franklin.

Ball rushed for 21 touchdowns and 1,730 yards this season to lead an offense that ranked 12th in the nation in rushing yards per game with 237.8.

He helped propel the Badgers to a 70-31 win over Nebraska in the Big Ten title game, earning a berth in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio.

Wisconsin will be the first five-loss team to play in the Rose Bowl and is the first school to represent the conference in three consecutive Rose Bowls since Michigan.

Biletnikoff Award

USC's Lee won the Biletnikoff Award for the nation's outstanding wide receiver.

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Lee beat out fellow finalists West Virginia junior Stedman Bailey and Baylor senior Terrance Williams.

He is the fifth sophomore since 2000 to win the honor.

Lee was Pac-12 offensive player of the year after posting 112 receptions for 1,680 yards, both conference records. He had 15 touchdowns and averaged 215.7 all-purpose yards a game.

He also had 2,588 all-purpose yards -- third highest in the FBS.

Outland Trophy

Texas A&M junior Luke Joeckel won the Outland Trophy, given to the nation's outstanding interior lineman.

He beat out fellow finalists Jonathan Cooper from North Carolina and Alabama's Barrett Jones.

Joeckel helped the Aggies average 235.1 yards rushing per game. The Aggies also had the third-ranked scoring offense in the country at 44.8 points per game.

He is the third straight offensive player to win the award and first from Texas A&M.

Jim Thorpe Award

Johnthan Banks won the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back.

The Mississippi State senior is the fourth consecutive SEC player to win the award.

Banks beat out Alabama's Dee Milliner and Fresno State safety Phillip Thomas.

Banks had 59 tackles, four interceptions and seven pass breakups this year. He was also chosen first-team All-SEC by The Associated Press.

Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award

Tulane's Cairo Santos won the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award.

Santos, originally from Brazil, beat out fellow finalists Dustin Hopkins from Florida State and Caleb Sturgis from Florida.

The junior is the second kicker from Tulane to win the honor, joining Seth Marler in 2001.

Santos converted all 21 of his field-goal attempts this year, including 12 kicks of 40 yards or longer.

Ray Guy Award

Louisiana Tech's Ryan Allen won the Ray Guy Award as the nation's most outstanding collegiate punter for the second consecutive year.

Allen beat out fellow finalists Kyle Christy from Florida and Ball State's Scott Kovanda.

Allen recorded the highest punting average in the country at 48 yards per punt, totaling 2,162 yards for the season.

Home Depot coach of the year

Notre Dame's Brian Kelly received his Home Depot coach of the year award Thursday. He becomes the first two-time winner, having previously received the honor in 2009 while he was at Cincinnati.

Kelly led the 12-0 Fighting Irish to the school's first undefeated regular season since 1988 and only the second overall.

Kelly also joins Lou Holtz as the only Notre Dame coaches to post winning seasons in each of their first three seasons at the school.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


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